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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,267 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 90
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from two unique wine grapes sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash.

The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.

Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.

(Beer added by: paulozanello on 02-20-2011)
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-12-2014 20:04:45 | More by Goldfishman
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into the Turbinator.

A: Effervescent straw color, active. A few fingers reduce to a 5 mm disk that lasts all the way to bottom. clear. lacing is very slight. No gushing present. Looks a lot like a tame champagne.

S: It actually has a classic funk, but it's not a straight Bretted or Lactic funk. It's different and has to do with an attribute of the must? Bready yeast notes are present. Light fruits.

T: That nose is perfectly replicated in the taste. Bready, lactic, sweet almost like concord white grape-apple juice. Pinot Grigio like notes. Taut dryness. Metallic and slightly unpleasant as it warms.

M: Smooth, most likely due to bottle conditioning and tight carbonation. The side of tongue is sweet, lactic and musty biterness. Not very hot.

O: This is like a mild funky champagne. I really like it, but there a much better saisons that have more of everything just kinda "turned up" a hair bit. Sam and company surprised me with this one. Was not expecting subtlety I encountered with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 03:45:59 | More by Scrapss
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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bluntedboywonder

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Painmob

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-01-2014 18:05:47 | More by Painmob
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robgage

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

01-01-2014 03:33:33 | More by robgage
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Jakep2021

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-01-2014 00:01:56 | More by Jakep2021
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. poured from a 25.4 oz bottle. Bottled in 2012. The body was a weak golden color and the head was small and bright white made of dense bubbles. Sticky lacing.

The smell was powdery. Fruity. Apple peels and grapes.

The taste was basement-y. Dry and Belgian yeast chalkiness. Fruity.

The mouthfeel was medium with a fine carbonation. Not really one that I would seek again.

Serving type: bottle

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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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anhigdon

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Dperry33

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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mscottjohnston

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours super pale yellow with a one finger head that disappears immediately with faint lacing. Aroma is strong white grape juice, malt and slight citrus. Taste supports nicely; grape juice, white wine, malts, citrus finishes with some light yeast. Medium body with a long lingering aftertaste. Very very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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twperman

California

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much better than anticipated. Much less sweet than my expectations for a Digfishhead beer. The grape must adds a lot and it reminds me of some of the best "wine-like" beers. Dry and refreshing. I'd definitely drink it again. NOw I'm just adding words...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 15:22:46 | More by twperman
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.